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PMB Set To Extend Lockdown With Modifications

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*Airports To Remain Shut
*Free Internal Movements to be Allowed
*Wearing of Face Masks In Public Places
Compulsory
* Lockdown on Religious And Social
Activities To Continue

In view of the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari, would tomorrow extend the lockdown in Abuja as well as Lagos and Ogun States for another two weeks.

It is however gathered that the president would relax some of the restrictions on essential business activities by enabling movements to open up the economy. It was learnt that religious and social gatherings would remain banned for now to curb the spread of the diseases, while wearing of face masks would become compulsory in public.

But the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in a letter advised  the government to continue the lockdown on flight operations in the country. In the letter titled, “COVID-19 Protocol: NGF Input on The Proposed Presidential Interventions,” signed by Ekiti State governor and chairman, NGF, Dr Kayode Fayemi and addressed to the Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation (SGF), and  chairman, Presidential Task Force on  COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, the NGF said following its  teleconference meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo  on Wednesday, April, 22, 2020, it was agreed that it articulates the issues that it would want to be included in the next presidential pronouncement on coronavirus  so as to have a uniform and coordinated policy on COVID-19 pandemic  at both the national and sub-national levels.

The NGF in the letter dated April 24, 2020, said subject to President M u h a m m a d u Buhari’s approval , it wants inter-state lockdown excluding movement of essential supplies — foods, beverages, medical and pharmaceuticals, petroleum supplies and agricultural products, internal free movement but with restrictions on large gatherings and assemblies, overnight curfews, and compulsory use of face masks/coverings in the public.

Abuja City Centre During Lockdown

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and some prominent Nigerians had before now, called on the President Muhammadu Buhari not to extend the lockdown. It would be recalled that the federal government added yet another two weeks to the closure of international airports in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister of aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, who made the announcement in a statement by James Odaudu, his Director of Public Affairs then, said the airports would no longer open for commercial operations on April 23, as earlier announced when they were shut down due to the extended lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun State. Since March 23, the federal government had shut all international airports in the country, initially for one month.

The president had also extended the closure to all local airports in the country, while announcing a 14-day lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States on March 29. On April 13, the president extended the lockdown in the three cities by two weeks. Although, airports in the country are open to emergency and essential flights, commercial flight operations have since ceased in the country.
(Source: Leadership Sunday)

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Again Fulani Terrorists Attack Omala LGA, Kill 3 in Ajokpachi

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Barely a few weeks after a deadly attack by Fulani herdsmen on the Agojeju-odo Community in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State,  another community has suffered the same fate.

The Dare Devil Fulani Bandits on Tuesday launched a deadly attack on the Ajokpachi Odo Community, a neighbouring Community killing no fewer than three persons, and carting away Motorbikes, foodstuff while scores of people still missing.
The attack was said to have occurred when the Youths in the area on surveillance mission were ambushed and killed  by the Fulani herdsmen terrorists.
According to the locals , the fulani militia who have been engaging in fierce battle with the Agatus in Benue state for over a week now were relocating when they met the   youths who were holding a meeting in Ajokpachi Odo and openedfire on them.,
Among the confirmed dead were Musa Sule from Ajokpachi Odo , one youth from Bagaji Odo and another one from Ajomachi, a border village in Benue state who were attending  the meeting on how to protect their communities.

Victims of the Fulani herdsmen attack on Agojeju-odo

Unconfirmed reports have it that the terrorists have also earmarked other communities in the local government for similar attacks. This has resulted in the desertion of Agbenema, Opada, Ajedegbo and surrounding communities whose inhabitants are moving in droves to Abejukolo the local government headquarters.
SunriseNigeria could not reach the Divisional Police Officer of the local government as his line could not be reached.
However a Community Leader , Nifu Abuka, who spent all night in the bush for fear of his life  as a result of the incident, said since  the heinous attack on  Agojeju Odo, his people have been sleeping with one eye closed.
He added that the porous security situation in the area has made them vulnerable to incessant Fulani attacks and called on relevant government agencies to come to their rescue.
He explained that the age long  feud between Agatu and Fulani in Benue and Nasarawa states have made his community, which share boundary with Agatu in Benue state -susceptible to attack.
In an interview with our correspondent, a prominent indigene of the local government, Dr James Odaudu reiterated the age-long calls by stakeholders for the establishment of a military base,  especially the Navy, in the area,  since the marauders usually cross the River Benue from the neighbouring Nasarawa State to attack the Agatus in Benue state and and communities in Omala LGA in Kogi State.
He called on the Federal and Benue  state Governments to urgently deploy permanent Security outfits to the communities to save them from unwarranted
deaths in the hands of the heavily armed Fulani herdsmen who have taken over their farms and the  deserted  villages.
According to him, the people are tired of the usual condolences by those whose responsibility it is to protect them and said if left unchecked, the bandits will overrun not only the local government, but the whole of Igala Kingdom.
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Submit Yourself to the Law, Tinubu Media Group Tells Yahaya Bello

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The Tinubu Media Support Group, TMSG, has urged the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to heed the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, and submit himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the court of law.

According to the group, it has become necessary for Bello to clear himself of allegations of financial malfeasance while in office.

In a statement issued Sunday and jointly signed by its Chairman, Emeka Nwankpa and Secretary, Dapo Okubanjo, the group described the stand-off between the former governor and the EFCC as unnecessary, saying it is an affront on the sanctity of the law and the integrity of the President’s war against corruption.

The statement said: “We have carefully watched all the drama and subterfuge that continue to trail the invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to Governor Yahaya Bello, a senior member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the curious attempts to politicize the routine matter of the request by the graft fighting agency to ask former Governor Bello to meet with its investigators.

“For us, the intervention of the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, asking the former Kogi governor to subject himself to EFCC’s scrutiny is a clear signal in this regard, not only on the position of law, but also on the stance of the President Bola Tinubu administration on anti- corruption.

“It should be clear by now to all Nigerians that strict accountability in governance occupies a cardinal place in President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda. To serve this purpose, his government has shown zero tolerance to cases of corruption since assuming office.

According to the statement, the EFCC, by inviting the former governor Yahaya Bello, like it did with past and previous officials of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and others, is in tandem with its policy and character to nurture a culture of probity and accountability in governance.

The group added that as a staunch member of the APC, Bello has no reason to fear.

“We urge him to heed the advice of the Attorney General and make himself available to EFCC’s investigators as required by extant laws.

“We also advise members of the ruling party who have been up in arms against the anti- graft agency to be circumspect in their reaction to the issue,” the group added.

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